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The Merchants Arch -  Grand Staircase Seating Area


Explore Temple Bar, Dublin – Your Questions, Our Answers! At The Merchants Arch, we understand that visitors to Temple Bar often have questions about what to expect and how to make the most of their experience.


To help you navigate this vibrant cultural hub, we've compiled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ). Whether you're curious about the local cuisine, entertainment, or practical tips for your visit, our FAQ is your go-to resource. Dive in and discover the ins and outs of Temple Bar so you can make the most of your time in this lively Dublin neighborhood.

What is Temple Bar known for?

Answer: Temple Bar is renowned for its cultural and entertainment district, filled with pubs, restaurants, galleries, and street performances.

Where is Temple Bar Located in Dublin?

Answer:  The district lies in the heart of the city centre on the south side of the river Liffey. People use a couple of popular entry points to get there, such as Dame Street, Westmoreland Street, and Fishamble Street, but we recommend entering via the entrance at Merchant’s Arch as it’s the easiest access zone. 

Is Temple Bar a good place to stay in Dublin?

Answer: Temple Bar offers a lively atmosphere, but it can be noisy at night. Whether it's a good place to stay depends on your preferences.

What is the best pub in Temple Bar?

Answer: Temple Bar has a Great selection of Bars, but if your looking for a venue that serves great hearty food with the best Live Music and a warm Irish welcome, then the Merchants Arch is the place to be.

Are there any art galleries in Temple Bar?

Answer: Yes, Temple Bar is home to numerous art galleries, including Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and The Gallery of Photography.

What are the opening hours of Temple Bar pubs and restaurants?

Answer: Most pubs and restaurants in Temple Bar have varying opening hours, but many stay open late, especially on weekends.

Is Temple Bar safe at night?

Answer: Temple Bar is generally safe, but it can get crowded, so it's wise to stay aware of your surroundings and stay vigil. 

What events and festivals are held in Temple Bar?

Answer: Temple Bar hosts various events and festivals throughout the year, including the Temple Bar TradFest and the Temple Bar Food Market.

Is there parking available in Temple Bar?

Answer: There are limited parking options in Temple Bar, so it's often easier to use public transportation or park in nearby areas.

How can I get to Temple Bar from Dublin Airport?

Answer: You can reach Temple Bar from Dublin Airport by taxi, bus, or the Airlink Express. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes by taxi.


The Merchants Arch Bar & Restaurant - Temple Bar Dublin

What type of cuisine does The Merchants Arch offer?

The Merchants Arch serves hearty Irish cuisine throughout the day, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Our menus are packed with delicious Irish dishes and lots of pub favourites.

What's unique about The Merchants Arch's drinks selection?

We're proud to offer one of the best pints of Guinness in the Temple Bar area and one of the Finest whiskey collections in the city.  The venue also offers an extensive list of other beers, spirits, and cocktails to complement your dining experience.

Tell us about the live music at The Merchants Arch.

We host live music sessions seven days a week, featuring some of Dublin's best emerging talent. Join us from noon until the early hours for a memorable musical experience.

Can you accommodate group events at The Merchants Arch?

Absolutely! We have fantastic event spaces perfectly suited for both shared and private groups, making us one of the best party venues in the area.  To discuss your event needs, email -

What's the highlight of your entertainment line-up for Harry Potter fans?

Harry Potter enthusiasts will find immense joy in discovering our exquisitely adorned Spiral Staircase, often likened to the iconic Hogwarts stairwell. This enchanting attraction is an absolute must-see, adding a delightful touch of magic to your visit.

Do I need to make a reservation for the Irish Dance Party on Fridays and Saturdays?

Yes - For all bookings email -


What sets The Merchants Arch apart as a traditional Irish pub in Temple Bar?

We take pride in our warm welcome, roaring atmosphere, exceptional food, and live unmatched Live entertainment. Our commitment to providing an authentic Irish pub experience is what makes us stand out.

For more details on all our offerings contact us today.  Email -

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